Opera and Music Theatre

The Opera/Music Theatre Program provides an encouraging atmosphere for all who have an interest in performing music theatre on the stage. Music and Theatre majors participate in the program. There are full productions of standard and newer shows each year and a training workshop each semester.  Applied Music majors take classes in the core curriculum and then address this Concentration with ensembles and electives that relate to opera, music theatre and language/diction.  Private vocal instruction is an important component of this program. 

Recent Productions

  • 2017-2018       You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 2016-2017       The Magic Flute
  • 2015-2016       Into The Woods
  • 2014-2015       Heroines
  • 2013-2014       Fiddler On The Roof 

Quantum Opera Theatre was created by Dr. Lynne Morrow to produce SSU student music theatre, workshop new music theatre in the summer and bring composers and professional singers to campus to work with students. 

2018-19 Production

Sweeney Todd

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music Direction by Lynne Morrow
Stage Direction by Doyle Ott
January 31 - February 11, 2019
Evert B. Person Theatre
From Adaptation by Christopher Bond
Original Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick

Synopsis:
One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince. http://stageagent.com/shows/musical/835/sweeney-todd

Aug 21, 6 - 7p, Person Theatre Preliminary Audition Workshop (optional but helpful for incoming/new students)

Auditions

Aug 22, 6 - 10p, Person Theatre
Aug 23, 6 - 10p, Person Theatre 

Callbacks

Aug 25, 10a - 4p, Ives Hall (various spaces TBA)

STEPS to AUDITION

  1. Complete the AUDITION QUESTIONAIRE.
    1. Sign-in using your SSU account: Select 'SIGN-IN', then type your FULL SSU email address (i.e abcd@sonoma.edu) then click next. Then sign-in to the SSU portal with your SSU credentials.

  2. Sign up for AUDITION TIME SLOT.
  3. Review all the information (audition format, rehearsals, performance dates) for each production, to ensure your schedule can accommodate all show commitments.